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View 10, Vol. 14

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VOLUME 14 NUMBER 10 DECEMBER 11, 2015 29 KISLEV 5776

UPCOMING Parshat Miketz/Shabbat Chanukah

EVENTS By: Rabbi Landsman
Candle Lighting:
We recite two blessings prior to lighting the Chanukah candles: "...who has sanctified us with His commandments and com-
4:09 manded us to light the Chanukah candles," and "...who has done miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time of year".
Havdallah: 5:10 The 'miracle' referred to in the second blessing is the miracle of the jug of oil. It was only through Divine Providence that they
even found a jug of pure oil and then this small jug miraculously continued to burn for 8 days.
Monday, Dec. 14 Rav Pam (1913-2001) observed as follows: In the Beit HaMikdash, miracles occurred every single day. The Mishneh [Avot 5:5]
Chanukah lists the miracles that occurred: The Lechem HaPanim never became stale, flies never descended upon the sacrifices, etc. If
Vacation so, asks Rav Pam, why don't we recite the blessing "...who has done miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time of
No Sessions year" every single day of the year? What was so special about the miracle of Chanukah that only that miracle is commemorated
with a special blessing?
YCQ Family News Rav Pam answers this question by citing a famous comment of the Pnei Yehoshua in Tractate Shabbat. Many of the commen-
taries ask why the miracle of the jug of pure oil was necessary at all, based on the halachik principle that "Tumah hu-
Mazel Tov to Solomon tra b'Tzibur" [when the majority of the people are impure, the Beit HaMikdash Service may be carried out even in a state of
Prince on his Bar impurity]. Had no miracle occurred, they could have lit the Menorah with impure oil. The Pnei Yehoshua answers this question
Mitzvah! by conceding the point and stating that halachically the whole miracle of the oil on Chanukah was unnecessary. The reason, he
suggests, that Hashem created the miracle was only to demonstrate "an added amount of endearment" (chibah yeteirah) to the
Mazel Tov to Eva Jewish people.
Pickman (’62) on the What does the Pnei Yehoshua mean by this term "chibah yeteirah?"
engagement of her son "Chibah yeteirah" can be understood based on a comment of the Bac"h in the Tur at the beginning of the Laws of Chanukah
(Chapter 670). The Bac"h points out that if the Jewish people were subjected to the decrees of the Greeks and if the Jewish
Adam to Danielle people were subjected to the punishment of having their Beit HaMikdash desecrated by the pagans, then they must have done
Miller! something terrible to deserve such a punishment. He suggests that their sin was becoming negligent and lazy in their Service
of Hashem. They performed the Beit HaMikdash service by rote without proper intent and enthusiasm.
Mazel Tov to Michael Hashem punished 'measure for measure'. "If you take the Beit HaMikdash Service for granted, I will now deprive you of that
(’68) and Rachel Beit HaMikdash Service".
The sons of Matisyahu rededicated themselves. They went to war over the Beit HaMikdash Service. There were renewed dedi-
Fiskus on the birth of cations and enthusiasm. The Jewish people picked themselves off the floor, so to speak. Yes, they were distant; yes they had
a baby boy to been lazy; but they came back with a new strength and a new enthusiastic attitude for the Divine Service. They "returned the
crown to its former glory."
Jonathan (’98) and Rabbi Frand explains that Hashem wanted to show the Jewish people that after they did Teshuvah, the relationship He now
Miryam Fiskus! has with them is just as good as it 'once was'. True, impure oil would have worked under those circumstances (of general impu-
rity), but Hashem wanted to show that the relationship was fully equivalent to what it had been "in the old days" and was pre-
Mazel Tov to pared to miraculously change nature to demonstrate that fact.
Jonathan (’98) and Yes, certainly the Beit HaMikdash was full of miracles. But this particular miracle was special. This was the miracle that showed
Miryam Fiskus on the that Hashem will allow us to come back and that He will not hold grudges against us since we sincerely returned to Him with
birth of a baby boy! complete Teshuva.
Rabbi Frand comments that Chanukah is unique among the Jewish holidays in that it is the only holiday that spans two months
Mazel Tov to Jeremy (Kislev and Tevet). This means that Chanukah always contains a 'Rosh Chodesh' within it. Why is that?
(’04) and Shlomit We can perhaps suggest that the same idea applies to Rosh Chodesh. Rosh Chodesh implies renewal (of the moon and of the
month). This is the theme of Chanukah the renewal of the spirit of the Jews and the renewal of the Service in the Beit HaMik-
Hertzberg on the birth dash.
of a baby boy! The Jewish people are compared to the moon. Sometimes their fate seems to darken and fade away but we are always confi-
dent that it will be renewed in the future. This too is a pattern that sometimes reflects our relationship with Hashem. There are
Mazel Tov to ups and downs. There are peaks and valleys. It waxes and it wanes. Rosh Chodesh demonstrates that there can be renewal.
Jonathan Odisnky There can be a new moon.
This is why Chanukah is connected with Rosh Chodesh. The whole theme of Chanukah is that the Jewish people's relationship
(’06) on his with Hashem slackened; but then they came back and the relationship was fully renewed its previous level.
engagement to Becky
Shabbat Shalom Chodesh Tov and Chanukah Sameach!!
Shachter!
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Mazel Tov to Rabbi
David (’64) and Nursery and Kindergarten—5:30-9:30pm—Classrooms

Debbie Friedman on 1-203—5:30-9:30pm—Classrooms
their grandson,
2-204, 2-207, 2-206—5:30-9:30pm—Classrooms
Yitzchak Emerson
celebrating his Bar 3-210, 3-212—5:30-9:30pm—Classrooms

Mitzvah! 5-302, 5-303—5:30-9:30pm—Classrooms

Mazel Tov to Rayla JHS Girls—6:00-9:00-Lunchroom
Krupka (’70) on the
engagement of her

daughter Elka to
Duvie Goldofsky!

Mazel Tov to Alvin
(’65) and Judy Segal
on the engagement of

their son Matthew
Segal (’04) to Aliza

Frankel!

The Living Torah Museum

In preparation for Chanukah, Rabbi Rothberger took his Judaic Studies enrichment students to the
Living Torah Museum. The students got to see artifacts dating back to Chanukah times. Students saw
the oldest chanukiyah and dreidel in the world: dating back to the time of the Maccabees. Girls tried on
golden crowns belonging to Syrian Greeks and boys jousted with triads and shields belonging to Greek
Gladiators. The students were also shown all different types of kosher and nonkosher animals. They
saw, and touched, giraffes, lions and elephants and many other animals that were skinned and stuffed.
Students were able to blow shofarot from all different types of animals, including the smallest shofar in
the world, the size of a fist. A special thank you to Rabbi Rothberger for organizing such an amazing
trip.

Fire Safety

Last week, the nursery through third grade classes had the opportunity to learn about the importance of
fire safety in a special program. The children got to meet a real firewoman as she went through the
ABC’s of fire safety. Students practiced the “stop, drop, and roll” move, saw a real firefighter uniform,
and watched a video that reviewed vital information that all children should know about fire safety.
This was especially important before Chanukah when all of our homes will be lit up by our beautiful
Menorahs. The second part of the program took the children outside to see and learn about a fire engine
and an ambulance. The fire fighters showed the students the parts of the trucks, the equipment they
have, and answered any questions the students asked. Parents should please make sure that your fire
alarms are properly installed and that you go over any fire safety procedures in your home in case of an
emergency. We are so lucky that our school had an opportunity to participate in such an important
program!

Second Grade Chumash Presentation

Class 2-205 and 2-206 finally received their Chumashim on Sunday, December 6th, 2015! For months
they had been preparing for this momentous day. They learned about the Chumash, how to find the
Psukim, and how to read and understand them. They wanted to share all that they do and learn with
their parents and families. They put on a beautiful show about the creation of the world. After a
wonderful and exciting show, each student received their very own Chumash with his or her name
engraved on it. The class learned the first ten Psukim together in front of their families and friends,
and afterward enjoyed some treats and a cake. Mazel tov to all the second graders! It is so inspiring to
see their love for Torah! Many thanks to Morah Reut, Morah Sophia, Morah Tali, Rabbi Hamel, Mr.
Weinstock, Morah Maxine, Rabbi Eisenberg and parent representatives for making this day so
memorable!

Chanukah Concert

In honor of the sixth day of Chanukah, the entire school was treated to a fun and
exciting concert filled with ruach and dancing. The students enjoyed singing and dancing
to the beautiful music! We really felt the ruach and energy throughout the entire school!
Thank you to Rabbi Ophie Nat for performing an amazing concert for the students!

Chanukah Chesed Day!

This week, as we celebrated the miracle of Chanukah, all JHS students had the privilege to take part in a JHS
Chanukah Chesed day in memory of Ezra Schwartz HY”D who was brutally murdered after completing his
own chesed mission in Israel. 6G1 played Chanukah Bingo at Boulevard ALP. 6G2 played Chanukah Bingo at
the Atria Assisted Living. 6B1 played Chanukah Bingo at Margaret Teitz Nursing Center. 6B2 played Chanuka
Bingo at Meadow Park Nursing Center. 7G1 played Chanukah Bingo at Beacon Rehab & Nursing Center. 7G2
played Chanukah Bingo at Cliffside Nursing Center. The 7th grade boys had a Chanukah party at Bais Ezra.
The entire 8th grade hosted HASC students for Chanukah workshops in the MPR. After performing their re-
spective chesed projects the girls had lunch at Shimon’s and the boys had lunch at Benjy’s. We look forward to
taking part in these incredible mitzvah opportunities!! Chag Chanukah Sameach! Thank you to Morah Katz
for arranging the program and for all the faculty who chaperoned.

YCQ Skyped With The Kotel

The fifth grade at YCQ learned about Chanukah in a very different and special way this year! The students
were taught about heros in Jewish history, such as Yoni Netanyahu and Chana Senesh. The Western Wall
Heritage Foundation had a guide speak to the students and take us virtually to the last candle lighting
ceremony for 5776! We then “met” with our guides who are currently doing national service at the Kotel.
They took the letters that the students wrote on Tuesday in a preparation class and they watched as they
placed our bakashot into the kotel. Thank you Morah Fried who organized such a special treat for our
students!





Parent Teacher Conferences, Wednesday, December 2, 2015  

Class  Time  Sign In  Loca on of Conference  
5:30‐9:30  Sign in Online  Classroom 
1‐200, 1‐201,  
1‐202 (Mrs. Blass, Morah Leah)  Sign in Online  Classroom 
Sign in Online  Classroom 
 
Sign in Online  Classroom 
2‐205 (Mrs. Chubak,               5:30‐9:30 
Morah Reut) 

3‐209,  5:30‐9:30 

3‐211 (Mrs. Halpern,            
Morah E y) 

Fourth Grade   5:30‐9:30 

5‐300, 5‐301  5:30‐9:30  Sign in Online  Classroom 
(Fried, Rohr,  Hoffman, Kahn ) 

JHS Boys  6:00‐9:00  No Sign In   Lunchroom 
First Come First Serve 

Parent Teacher Conferences, Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

Class  Time  Sign In  Loca on & Conference 
5:30‐9:30  Sign in Online  Classroom 
Nursery & Kindergarten  5:30‐9:30  Sign in Online  Classroom 

1‐203  5:30‐9:30  Sign in Online  Classroom 

(Mrs. Blass, Morah Leah)  5:30‐9:30  Sign in Online  Classroom 

2‐204, 2‐207,  
2‐206 (Morah Reut, Mrs. Chubak) 

3‐210, 3‐212  
(Morah E y, Mrs. Halpern ) 

5‐302, 5‐303  5:30‐9:30  Sign in Online  Classroom 
(Finkelstein, Rohr, Fried,   6:00‐9:00  Lunchroom 
No Sign In  
 Orlanski, Hoffman)  First come first serve 

 
JHS Girls 

THE YCQ PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION

WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A HUGE THANK YOU AND
YASHER KOACH

TO OUR CHANUKAH BOUTIQUE CHAIRPERSON

SHELLY PERETZ

FOR ONCE AGAIN RUNNING A VERY SUCCESSFUL
EVENT.

OF COURSE, SHELLY WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DO THIS
WITHOUT HER ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS.THEREFORE,THE
PTO WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE
WHO WORKED ON MAKING THE BOUTIQUE A SUCCESS

THIS YEAR:

SIMON, ASHLEY & TAMI LANDSBERG, STACEY & RENA
FRANK, SIMONA FELDMAN, DANIEL & AKIVA STEINMAN,

GAIL REICHWALD, LILY DANIEL, LISA STEIN, BINYAMIN
PERETZ, MCHELLE JACOBY, SHARON AVITSEDEK,

VERED BASALEL, CHERYL ECKSTEIN, LANA KOPTIAV,
DANIELLA DYCKMAN, RUTHIE BASALEL, ROBYN SOCOL,
LISA GREENFIELD TRACY LANDSBERG, NADIA ELISHIV,

LANA HARRIS, ADI ARSHADNIA, CARRIE BEYLUS,
ROCHEL LEVY, RONIT FARBER, DINA SILBER, ADINA
KHAIMOV, SARA HAMETZ, MARINA BABAEV, ARIELLA

LEVINE

THE YCQ-PTO APOLOGIZES IF ANYONE WAS INADVERTENTLY LEFT
OFF THIS LIST AND WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK.

THE YCQ PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION
WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A HUGE THANK YOU AND

YASHER KOACH
TO OUR CHANUKAH CHAGIGA CHAIRPERSON

LISA FISHBEIN

FOR ONCE AGAIN RUNNING A VERY SUCCESSFUL
EVENT.

OF COURSE, LISA WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DO THIS
WITHOUT A COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTEERS. THEREFORE,

THE PTO WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING
PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON MAKING THE CHAGIGA A

SUCCESS THIS YEAR:

SIMON LANDSBERG, GAIL REICHWALD, SHERRI
KATZ, STACEY FRANK, OLGA CHATHAN

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE 6TH, 7TH
AND 8TH GRADERS WHO HELPED ON MOTZEI
SHABBAT TO SET UP THE CHAGIGA, RUN THE
BOOTHS AND HELP CLEAN UP, ESPECIALLY
YAIR OXENHANDLER AND ELI ORENBUCH.
WE ALSO HAD SEVERAL RECENT ALUMNI WHO
CAME BACK TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT.

THE YCQ-PTO APOLOGIZES IF ANYONE WAS INADVERTENTLY
LEFT OFF THIS LIST AND WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR HARD

WORK.

A MESSAGE FROM THE YCQ PARENTS ASSOCIATION

Dear Parents,

As Chanukah approaches, please join us in showing our Hakarat Hatov to the administration,
teachers, and staff of the Yeshiva for the dedication and commitment they show to our chil-
dren every day.

We ask that you send in your gift of $25.00 per child, with a
cap of $60.00 per family of three children or more.

Please keep in mind that these funds are distributed entirely to staff at YCQ, including: princi-
pals, Rabbeim/Morot, teachers, assistant teachers, all specialty teachers such as art, comput-
ers, dance, gym, library, music, and resource room, the nurse, administrative, kitchen and
custodial staff and the building security guards. There are over 150 staff members in all.

This year you may pay by cash/check sent into school with the names and grades of your chil-
dren clearly listed. You may also pay via PayPal through the following link:
http://www.ycqweb.com/YCQ_PA_Chanukah_Gelt. In addition, there will be a table set up in
the lobby during Parent-Teacher conferences to collect these funds.

Thank you for your participation,
The Officers of the Parents Association
---------------------------Please address envelope to YCQ-PA------------------------------
Child’s Name________________________________Grade&Class_________
Child’s Name________________________________Grade&Class_________
Child’s Name________________________________Grade&Class_________
Child’s Name________________________________Grade&Class_________
Total amount: ($60 cap for families with 3 or more children) $__________







Chumash Presentations!

Chanukah at YCQ!


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